Where to Celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in NYC
On Saturday, May 19th, New York City will join the world in watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor with a horse and carriage as their wedding procession. While the public will be lining the streets to wave in celebration, you can take advantage of a more comfortable celebration of the festivites in a few ways—it will be televised on several networks including CBS, with their live streaming coverage beginning at 4am, and the wedding beginning at 7am ET (set your alarm!).
If you're into a more interactive experience, grab a friend and make an early date of one the various parties that will be taking place around New York City. We've rounded up some of the must-sees here for you.
Meghan and Harry Tie the Knot Parties: Madame Tussauds
From 6:30am-9:30am at Madame Tussauds New York, view the wedding in addition to special appearances from cast members of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress! Your $50 individual ticket includes a light breakfast, one Wedding Toast (specialty cocktails include Markle Mimosas, Buckingham Bellinis, and Markle Morning Mules). You’ll have the chance to meet and selfie with the guest of honor, the American Princess Meghan Markle figure. Fun prizes and much more are on offer. VIP tickets are just $20 more.
Meghan and Harry Tie the Knot Parties: Gansvoort Meatpacking NYC
The Gansvoort Meatpacking NYC hotel will be open early to host a special viewing party/classic English breakfast to celebrate the royal nuptials. Dress the part and enjoy a feast complete with eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, Heinz beans, fried bread, potato, broiled tomato, toast and jam, plus English Strongbow Rose Cider, along with a selection of Harney & Sons Teas including the limited edition Royal Wedding special brew. $29.
Meghan and Harry Tie the Knot Parties | Downton Abbey: The Exhibition
Fans have been flocking to Downton Abbey: The Exhibition in droves; so much so, it has been extended twice, now running through September 3rd. And throughout the month of May, the exhibition has been treating guests to special festivities in preparation for the royal wedding. For example, on May 17, royals expert Anne Chertoff will speak at 3pm. On May 18, enjoy a Westhouse Hotel Happy Hour from 7 to 9pm. On May 26, take a mixologist class at Park Central at 3pm. downtonexhibition.com
Meghan and Harry Tie the Knot Parties: Lillie's Times Square
Toast Prince Harry & Meghan Markle with a Heathrow Tonic Cocktail at Lillie's Times Square.
For those who aren’t so lucky as to be invited to the star-studded royal event and will be watching from this side of the Atlantic, Lillie’s Victorian Establishment in Times Square is introducing a number of new royally inspired cocktails, menu items, photo ops, and more to toast to the nuptials.
New celebratory offerings available through May 20 include:
Heathrow Tonic Cocktail with Earl Grey-infused gin, tonic, and lemon. $10.
Pimm’s Cup Cocktail with Pimm’s, mint, orange, strawberries, and cucumber. $14.
Veil of Roses Cocktail with London Dry gin, Lillet rosé, sparkling wine, and fresh lavender. $15.
Lemon Meringue Tartlette Dessert Special $9.
On the day of the wedding, in addition to the above cocktails and dessert special, Lillie’s Times Square will also serve a Beef Wellington Duxelles Mushroom Compote Puff Pastry, Lemon Elderflower Wedding Cake (Meghan & Harry’s cake will be lemon elderflower), a complimentary cocktail for guests arrive in their royal wedding attire. They'll be broadcasting the ceremony and other entertainment; they'll even have a selfie station with Harry and Megan photos.
Meghan and Prince Harry Tie the Knot Parties: The Palm Court
The Palm Court will host a wedding viewing party and brunch on Saturday, May 19, from 6:30am to 10:30am, and offer a special Royal Tea and Royal Fizz cocktail all month long. There are a couple of options:
1. An over-the-top Royal Brunch ($150/person) with flowing champagne, mimosas, Bellinis, and twists on British brunch items. The brunch will also feature a toast of royal-approved Krug Champagne. Guests will be treated to an extravagant morning with music, surprise guests, and more, and are encouraged to dress for a traditional British wedding, complete with fascinators (that attention-getting English headgear) and formal Sunday brunch attire. A contest will be held for the “Best Fascinator.” Reservations are required and can be made on OpenTable.
2. The Royal Tea will feature an array of sweet and savory bites inspired by traditional British fare including a roasted prime rib sandwich with a miniature Yorkshire pudding, a sherry trifle in the red, white, and blue of the Union Jack, and a traditional wedding fruitcake. It will also include items specific to the royal couple’s tastes, such as a tuna niçoise canapé inspired by Meghan Markle’s favorite salad, a roast chicken “BLT” in honor of Prince Harry’s marriage proposal over roast chicken, and a banana toffee cake pop with rum influenced by one of Prince Harry’s favorite dessert flavors. The $105/person Royal Tea includes a glass of champagne as well as traditional British scones and treats. Reservations daily from 12 noon to 4:45pm.
Meghan and Harry Tie the Knot Parties | Irvington
Royal Brunch at Irvington on Park Avenue South near Union Square. View the nuptials on a projection screen over brunch and “Build Your Own Bubbles”—1 bottle of prosecco and 3 local fresh juices for $75. In addition to the normal brunch menu, Irvington will also be offering warm crumpets, with local butter and raspberry preserves for $14 (4 crumpets per order). irvingtonnyc.com